Schools as Colonizers


“To a very great degree, school is a place where children learn to be stupid.”

John Holt, How Children Fail


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Some of the most radical and free-thinking educational critics of the 20th century said that we go to school to “be instructed on our own inferiority.”  Schools As Colonizers examines the problems of institutionalized education from the vantage of the 1960s and 70s most eloquent voices:  John Holt, Ivan Illich, Paul Goodman, Jonathan Kozol, Herb Kohl and George Dennison.

Schools As Colonizers describes how these critics saw learning:  as pleasurable, spiritually-driven and central to a whole and intact human life.  It analyzes how institutionalized schooling disrupts this basic pleasure, and how this discourse has been lost in subsequent educational reforms.

Schools As Colonizers makes the claim that after intense marginalization for over 40 years, in the post-NCLB era, these critics’ views on education are more important than ever.